Adebayor blames career woes on mother’s ‘Juju’


Togolese born striker Emmanuel Adebayor (L) hugs his mother as he attends a ceremony in which he received the 2007 BBC African Footballer of the Year trophy in Lome June 3, 2008. Adebayor plays for Arsenal Football Club in England. Picture taken June 3, 2008. REUTERS/Noel Kokou Tadegnon (TOGO) - RTX6I53

There comes a time in every footballers career where they experience a dip in form. Depression, niggling injuries or bad luck are all reasonable causes. But Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has added a new one to the list: a mother casting a Juju (Western African witchcraft) spell on her son.

The former African Footballer of the Year has distanced himself from his mother Alice and has not spoken to her since 2013. Adebayor has only scored twice in 13 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

While the Togolese striker has laid the blame on his mother, Tottenham fans have grown fed up with the strikers lazy displays. This led some sections of the crowd to boo his comeback from a two month break, in the recent home win against Sunderland.

Adebayor’s siblings have also spoken out against their brother. Kola a truck driver in Bremen, Germany has slammed his younger  brothers choice of alfas. (Islamic spiritual healers)

“Emmanuel has been brainwashed by these Muslim alfas – spiritual men – who prophesise when he scores goals and why he is not playing well.

“They have convinced him his sister and mother put juju curses on him. My mother is very sad. Every day she is crying. I just talked to her on the phone and she was crying again.’

His sister Maggie has also highlighted her brothers lack of financial support to their mother has resulted in her selling  ‘polythene bags, padlocks and other things’ to provide for the family.

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